Photo courtesy of Humberto Rodriguez
Celebrating the grand opening of the Shopko Hometown store in Prosser during a ribbon cutting ceremony are (front L-R) Mayor Paul Warden, store manager Lori Dezoete, Miss Prosser Lauren Estey and princess Stephanie Castilleja, Deb Heintz, Jennifer Ely and Shopko Homestore employee Jesus Galvan; and (back L-R) Prosser High School ASB representatives Courtney Scott and Zebbie Castilleja.
As of Tuesday, October 6, 2015
PROSSER – Residents in the Lower Yakima Valley no longer need travel to Yakima or the Tri-Cities to do their shopping at Shopko.
The retail chain’s newest Shopko Homestore opened last Friday in Prosser, providing an alternative for customers in the area.
Store Manager Lori Dezoete, who has lived in Sunnyside for more than 20 years, said she was excited when Shopko announced its decision to open a store in the Lower Yakima Valley.
Most of her career has been spent traveling to the company’s Union Gap store, which she once managed. She also helped set up several Shopko Hometown stores across the region.
In recent months six Shopko Hometown stores have been opened, according to Dezoete.
The Prosser store, being closer to home for her, seemed a good fit.
The current Union Gap store manager, Gary Jones, said the aim of the Hometown models is to provide customers shopping opportunities closer to home.
“The concept involves carrying everything one would find in a bigger store, but less of it,” said Jones.
Shoppers can find everyday household items, clothing, beauty products, furniture, books, clothing and holiday decorations.
“But, we have a lot of food items, too,” said Dezoete.
She said the opening of the new Prosser store gives her an opportunity to spend time among members of the Lower Valley community.
“It’s more hometown and I am excited,” she said.
“This is a way for people to get what they need without having to drive to a bigger city.”